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Brownie Recipe

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The easiest brownie recipe for making perfect brownies every time.  This recipe produces a rich, well-balanced chocolate brownie with a perfect crust.  While I like them fudgey and gooey with a crisp top, there are simple alterations you can make for a cakier or softer result. Use this recipe as your platform for customizing your perfect brownie!

Making brownies from scratch doesn't have to be hard. Don't be afraid of flour and chocolate - the rewards you reap will be well worth the effort.
 
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Hardware:
  • Scale - with this scale, you'll never need a set of measuring cups again. It's so much easier, and more accurate!
  • Mixing bowls
  • 9x13" baking pan
  • I love my Kitchenaid, but a wooden spoon works just as well for this recipe
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk


Software:
  • 1 cup (225 g) butter, melted
  • 3 cups (600 g) white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs (add one more for a cakier result)
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (70 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (to give them a nice crust - omit if you don't want that)
  • 6 oz chopped semisweet chocolate or 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (180 g)


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Step 2: Prepare

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Preheat oven to 350oF (175o C).

Melt butter in the microwave or on the stovetop.

Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with the paper from the butter.

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These are my new go to brownie recipe! I haven't had much luck with homemade brownie recipes in the past, and one night the kids and I had a hankering for brownies, but didn't have any brownie mix. I came upon this recipe and had all the ingredients already, so we made these and they are DELICIOUS!!! Good tip about the baking soda by the way. Also, I seem to have the opposite problem, my brownies always are higher on the sides, and thinner in the middle. And I only left these in the oven for 30 minutes, then let them sit until cooled, since we like our brownies on the fudgier side. These are, by far, the BEST homemade brownies I've ever had!
verybigjen1 year ago
yes, this recipe is all you want and more. This is the STUFF. I just made them and while I think I needed an even bigger pan I had an 8x10, not a 9x12, they came out incredible. Mine came out 3 inches thick! I also had to add 10 mins baking time, THREE TIMES! BUT.. they cameout perfect ooey gooey and a cripsy top! OMFG.

This recipe is a keeper. I did it EXACTLY as the recipe said to, no substiutions, but i did sprinkle on some pecans on top and they were perfect too. picture perfect.

I'm terribly impressed with myself.
scoochmaroo (author)  verybigjen1 year ago
Wow! This might be my favorite comment ever. Thank you!!
Girl you rock, this recipe is the bomb. Everyone in house raved. This ight be my go to take along. I was told to save this. So I linked it on pinterest!

okay, once i got a ruler - TWO inches thick! Still almost too big to get in my mouth, i ate two, TWO! I might not be able to sleep tonight either from sugar rush or just knowing they are still in the kitchen with a nearly full gallon of milk waiting for me.

But yes after 65 minutes (35 + 30 extra due to thickness) min in the oven they are STILL perfect. I'm not ruling out the smaller pan for WOW factor sometime... heheh nothing impresses like MASSIVE brownies right?

you are my hero!
scoochmaroo (author)  verybigjen1 year ago
Goodness! Yes, brownies take a ridiculously long time to bake. Glad they worked out for you, and now you know to plan for an hour's baking time next time. Thanks for the pin!!
krysarenas2 years ago
Just made these for my boyfriend and his sisters and it was a hit! I left out the chocochips though. Very easy to make. I also added a bit of melted chocolate for a little kick but trust me its not needed. Definitely keeping this recipe.
TXBelle5262 years ago
Just made these while my boys (8 & 10) were out playing. They came in and took a deep breath and one said to the other "Oh my gosh, Mom's been in the kitchen and it smells like heaven."
mistletoe2 years ago
I made these with coconut palm sugar (substituted equal parts for sugar). Super-yummy, lower glycemic, and curb hunger afterward!!!
Mongpoovian5 years ago
Thanks also for including the by-weight measurements! This one's getting printed out and going into the file!
scoochmaroo (author)  Mongpoovian5 years ago
Haha. I totally read that as "This one's getting printed out and going into the fire!" And I thought, geez, you really need to make such a point with it? Printing it out and all?
I read exactly the same thing! I'm very glad that I did not put this recipe into the fire! I just made it and it's great. I loved that you put the weight and C degrees, so I didn't have to do any conversions before I began. Thanks!
I did the same thing - total doubletake
Man, that would have been a terrible thing to say! Just so that there's no confusion: Attention Instructables community! Cherish this brownie recipe. Hiding within this comprehensive documentation is a powderkeg of flavor, waiting to wage a shock-and-awe campaign against the nation of Tastebudistan. These brownies will not tire, will not falter, and will not fail to please your dinner guests.
big-jamie5 years ago
well...i got the newsletter, seen it had brownies, immediately shouted my sister as she loves brownies, we raided the cupboards and found everything we needed....and as we speak...well...type...they are in the oven right now baking away =)

my sister managed to spill coloured sugar strands all over one corner...so wele see how that goes...i'll update you in 30 mins or so =D
scoochmaroo (author)  big-jamie5 years ago
Awesome! What a great comment!! And thanks for the follow-up :)
sharonH16 days ago

how much does it make?

tedwards167 months ago
This was my very first time making any brownie of any type and trust me they were awsome. I can't wait to try some more recipies. Instead of the unsweetened chocolate I used some candie coated cheers and that was such a good idea because chocolate in grenada is way too expensive.
dashanchen7 months ago
for the people that are confused on how 3 cups of sugar is 600 grams but 1 cup of cocoa powder is 70 grams. its because cups are a measure of volume, and grams is a measure of mass...sugar is more dense than cocoa powder and therefore weighs more per unit of volume
ddecker6 made it!7 months ago

These turned out great!!! So much better then boxed brownies.

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Are you guys for real?! Did you actually put 600 GRAMS of sugar in this recipe. If one cup is 70 grams then 3 cups is obviously not 600 grams. Am I the only one noticing this or is it because you are all americans?#proud to be british

scudoo518 months ago
Holy mother of god! Just made this recipe! to die for. Thanks for sharing.
burnybear8 months ago
scoochmaroo! i sooo love your recipe! thank you for sharing this! it's a hit! I tried adding mine with marshmallows; however, the marshmallows floated on top while baking. do you know how I can make those marshmallows stay at the bottom? thanks so much!
I'm very confused. I'm half way through mixing these and I realized the measurements don't make any sense. How can 3 cups of sugar equal 600 gms, but 1.5 cups flour only equals 180 gms. and 1 cup of cocoa only equals 70 gms? After measuring out 180 gms of flour I transferred it to a measuring cup and discovered it only equals 1 cup. So now I'm at a loss to know how much cocoa to add. Please enlighten me.
takelly289 months ago
Just made these again, this time adding mini marshmallows to the mix. YUM!!!!!! I promise you, this is THE BEST brownie recipe I've EVER tasted!!!
takelly2810 months ago
SIMPLY BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!!
takelly2810 months ago
BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!!!!! I used a 9x9 when it clearly called for a 9x13 ( i was so excited to get this recipe going, I didn't read completely) Either way, they are AMAZING!
mcarver111 months ago
Absolutely perfect, as written. NO CHANGES
wnsumner1 year ago
Making these today, since I'm out of boxed brownie mixes. Instead of the vanilla, I'm using Razzmatazz Raspberry Liqueur, and white chocolate chips instead of chocolate. Adding a raspberry drizzle to the top also when it's done. Sooooooooo good!!!
Mm?!? Any idea what happened to my batch. Followed exactly ingredients (halved amount of all as only had that amount) inside is like toffee, top is like thin ice. Not very pleasant at all :-(
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scoochmaroo (author)  blueangelical1 year ago
Oh no! This looks like too much baking soda and an oven that got too hot. I'm so sorry this happened! I'm working on a new recipe I like even better.
Tinker L1 year ago
These are amazing, but sometimes I just don't know when to stop! I cook these in a half sheet pan and then add topping: melt 3 c semi-sweet chips and 14 oz sweetened condensed milk over low heat. Remove, add 2 t vanilla and spread on brownies immediately. Excuse me, I have a birthday request to fulfill...
hlord21 year ago
I exchanged the regular cocoa for dark cocoa and left out the chips and vanilla (because I didn't have any ), and these still turned out amazingly.
Kellyamr1 year ago
I have copied, pasted and made these browies adding black walnuts and chocolate chips and then topped with and icing. Hubby ate all but 2 in one night!! made them again today leaving out the chocolate chips and was just as big a hit. non left in one hour!
gosphero1 year ago
#Sphero's sweet tooth is acting up.... May need to try!
tinpie1 year ago
PERFECTION..I can tell just by the ingredients that they are superb...OMG they look fabulous...if I wasn't working on another entry for the pasta contest, I would make them right now...
Iz D.1 year ago
These brownies were so fabulous! I took them for my lunch table and people keep begging me to bring more! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!
baking them as I type this... kinda forgot the baking soda though D: hope they turn out alright :P
MonkiMan2 years ago
BEST BROWNIES EVER!!!
AmbiBambi2 years ago
Why does it look a lighter shade in the pan after being cooked than it does on the plate??? I would want my brownies to look how they do on the plate...
scoochmaroo (author)  AmbiBambi2 years ago
Just the different lighting in my kitchen vs. living room at the time.
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